Mid-East Prophecy Update – J.D. Farag
all right let’s get to our prophecy update if you’re able to stay we’d certainly encourage you to do so if you need to leave then god bless you and have a great week in the Lord we’re going to do something a little bit different for today’s update we usually focus our attention on Israel and the Middle East as it relates to Bible prophecy and current events but today we’re gonna actually talk about a very important matter a couple of weeks ago I mentioned that I would covet your prayers concerning the new law that had been passed in New York legalizing abortion up to the day of the baby’s birth please know that this is something I don’t want to talk about but I do know that the Lord would have me to talk about I want to take a different approach to what is arguably a very difficult issue and I want to in so doing address the why behind the one I’ll explain what I mean by that perhaps you’ve heard it said that we as Christians need to not only know what we believe but why we believe what we believe and doubtless you know that for the most part here in America Christians rightly believe that abortion is sin whether it’s late-term or not what you may not know is that even pro-choice Americans who support abortion oppose late-term abortion just this last Wednesday the Christian Post published a report about how according to a recent poll most most pro-choice Americans oppose late term abortion here’s a quote from the post around two-thirds of Americans who identify as pro-choice oppose third trimester abortions according to an announcement released Tuesday the survey found that 68% of pro-choice Americans oppose abortion on the day before a baby is born 66 percent again pro-choice oppose abortion in the third trimester and 77 percent oppose ending medical care for a viable baby which is unthinkable that we would even be talking about something like that in our day so it seems that the majority of people whether they’re Christians or not believe that late term abortion is wrong the problem is the majority of people Christians included do not know why abortion in any form is not only wrong but an abomination you’ll forgive the bluntness with which I say this but the ancient practice of child sacrifices to false gods has been repackaged as modern-day abortion if you’ll bear with me I would like to explain from God’s Word why and how this is pictured here is an artist’s rendition of the worship of Molech which was a statue this false God with arms stretched out and a fire within this is by the way where we get that expression fire in the belly so because they didn’t have the medical procedures that we have today they would have to wait for the baby to be born and then when that baby was born by the way because of rampant sexual immorality these babies were unplanned unwanted so they would get rid of them this way they would take our baby they would place it on the arms of this Molech statue and that baby would be burned alive by the fire in the belly and you’ll forgive the graphic nature of this but in some ways it has to be so now instead of burning that baby with a fire in the belly they’re burning that baby with the Saline in the belly of the mother you know what they believed then just let’s if you’re able in as much as you’re able let’s kind of put ourselves there in that culture okay sexual sin is rampant you have all of these pregnancies and now what are you going to do this is inconvenient time can’t afford to have a baby I can’t have anyone knowing about this baby I got to get rid of this baby so they actually believe that Molech would grant them future fertility and even prosperity that’s what they believed Leviticus chapter 18 verse 21 God declares to the Israelites his people do not give any of your children to be sacrificed to Molech for you must not profane the name of your God I am the Lord Leviticus 20 verses one through five the Lord said to Moses say to the Israelites any Israelite or any foreigner residing in Israel who sacrifices any of his children to Molech is to be put to death the members of the community are to stone him I myself will set my face against him and will cut him off from his people for by sacrificing his children to Molech he has defiled my sanctuary and profaned my holy name listen to this if the members of the community closed their eyes when that man sacrifices one of his children to Molech and if they fail to put him to death I myself will set my face against him and his family and will cut them off from they’re people together with all who follow him in prostituting themselves to Molech so another specs the question did the Israelites obey this command sadly they did not shockingly it was under the reign of King Solomon first Kings chapter 11 verses 6 through 8 Solomon did evil in the sight of the Lord and did not fully follow the Lord as did his father David the Solomon built a high place for Gamache the abomination of Moab on the hill that is east of Jerusalem and for mullet the abomination of the people of Ammon and he did likewise for all his foreign wives who burnt incense and sacrificed to their gods this brings me to the affirmation question of why why abortion of any kind is a sin and an abomination in the eyes of the Lord you see it there on the screen and this is one of those life-changing truths that can really change everything in particular the way that we see a just and righteous God in his judgments in obeying or disobeying his commandments sin is not bad because it’s forbidden sin is forbidden because it’s bad let me say it this way sin is not forbidden because God said so I forbid it that’s not why this is why and it’s the answer to the why God says thou shalt not why because it’s bad it will harm you it will hurt you and I love you so much I cannot stand to see you suffer needlessly the consequences for that sin we’re trying to protect you I’m trying to spare you of all of the consequences and perhaps more importantly the judgment that will always ensue now let me hasten to say that I am keenly aware but there may be some of you who have abortion as part of your past and I want to say to you and please listen very carefully God forgives you he has forgiveness for you it is not the unforgivable sin we’re going to talk about the unforgivable sin here in a moment God loves you he loves you so much that he doesn’t want for you to suffer the consequences emotionally mentally and especially spiritually time doesn’t permit me to get into all of the physiological consequences associated with a woman having an abortion even the mental consequences what I do though sense of the Lord would have me take just a little bit of time and do is share my own personal experience when we found out our daughter Noelle would be born with what is known as trisomy 18 trisomy 18 is a third copy of the 18 chromosome it’s known as Edwards syndrome trisomy 18 unlike trisomy 21 which is Down syndrome is according to the medical community incompatible with life in other words you can survive having a third copy of the 21 chromosome but you cannot survive having a copy of the third copy of the number 18 chromosome in every cell of your body which our daughter Noelle has she had full trisomy 18 every cell of her body had this anomaly of a third copy of the 18 chromosome we found out in the eighth month of pregnancy and we had never heard of trisomy 18 and the reason that we had never heard of trisomy 18 is because trisomy 18 babies are usually aborted before they’re born the medical community did discuss with us a late-term termination of the pregnancy and they did tell us that there was a 50% chance that our daughter would be born alive and if she survived the birth there was only a 10% chance that she would make it to her first birthday so our birth plan was actually a funeral plan we didn’t know when we just knew that she would not live I have to confess I have to be very honest I actually in especially that ninth month of pregnancy prayed that God would take our baby in the womb from the womb because I just could not bear the thought of having her be born take her home bond with her love on her hold her and then have her die in my arms the Lord did not answer that prayer and I am so glad that he didn’t and I’ll explain why here’s what’s really sad it’s not just Edwards syndrome trisomy 18 babies that are aborted it is Down syndrome trisomy 21 babies that are aborted well back in August of 2017 CBS did a story on Iceland where since prenatal screening tests were introduced there in the early 2000s the vast majority of women get this close to 100% who received a positive test for Down syndrome terminated their pregnancy here’s why I share all of this those mothers and even fathers were robbed of what could have been the life-changing experience of parenting a special-needs child one of the things that God really revealed to me when Noel died at four months of age was that had he come to me and said to me I have a beautiful precious baby girl that I want to find a mother and father for to give birth to and to have but only for a short time it will be the most painful experience in your life and it was but can I choose you can I entrust her with you and Here I am all these years later and I cannot imagine my life having not had my daughter for the short period of time that I had her you know what’s interesting to me particularly about Down syndrome children and I would venture to say that most all of you know somebody that has a Down Syndrome child are they not the most precious and loving children there’s such an innocence about them I there’s no hatred in them they’re just so precious and childlike and that mother and that father were robbed of that you know I think of what Jesus said the enemy comes to steal kill and destroy but I have come to give life and life more abundantly choose life choose life yes it may be a difficult challenge parenting a special-needs child but those children are a gift from the Lord and a blessing from the Lord I realize I’m turning in abrupt corner here but I would be grossly remiss where I not to speak to the coming judgement of God in this regard and not in the way that you might think while there is a need to emphasize God’s judgment for this abomination that emphasis only deals with the what by that I mean God’s judgment is what is coming but it’s important to also emphasize why that judgment of God must come God has to judge if God is not just in judging then neither is he a God of love what do you mean well that’s not love is it that’s injustice if the judge of the universe does not judge wickedness and sin he’s not just he has to because he’s a God of love I’ll try to and I please know I really prayed and asked God to just give me a clarity so that I could communicate this correctly and concisely God has to judge those who have rejected God sacrificing his only begotten Son who took upon himself the judgment of man’s sin by the way for those who wonder and even ask if you’ve committed the unforgivable sin the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit I want to put your minds at ease by virtue of the fact that you’re even wondering that and asking that means that you haven’t done that and the reason for that is because the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is rejecting Jesus Christ and his sacrifice on the cross when you reject the one his only begotten son who took upon himself your judgment your judgment for you and instead of you when you reject him you place yourself under the judgment of God God must judge which judgment seat will you stand before the great white throne judgment or the judgment seat of Christ the answer to all of this is we will be judged based on what we did with the person of Jesus Christ and that’s what acts says for he has set a day Judgment Day when he will judge the world with justice listen by the man Jesus he has appointed he has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead I think we do err greatly when we paint the judgment of God on the canvass of God being an angry God who cannot wait to judge number of years ago saw a bumper sticker I’ll have to change the wording because I don’t want to use the word from the pulpit but basically went like this Jesus is coming back and boy does he ticked no he’s not no John not with us here’s why God took all of his wrath the judgment for man’s sin all of his anger all of his condemnation and he put it on his son by the way that’s why Jesus cried out on the cross my God my God why hast thou forsaken me he had never known the separation that sin brings between man and God because he took upon himself that sin it’s not God’s will that anyone be judged it’s not God’s will that any should perish rather that all would come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ who was judged for them and instead of them listen to Ezekiel 33 verse 11 say to them as I live says the Lord God I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked but that the wicked turn from his way and live turn turn from your evil ways for why should you die o house of Israel dare I say those who have an ear let them hear what the Spirit of God has to say to us the church today judgment is coming this is really why one of the main reasons why we do these prophecy updates every week is to bring to the forefront the lateness of the hour and the return of Jesus Christ the world can be separated into two categories on the one side you’re going to have all of those that have rejected Jesus Christ and for them the wrath and judgment of God will be poured out upon them on this side you will have all of those that are in Christ Jesus have been born again by the Spirit of God they will not stand before the great white throne judgment where they will be judged for all of their works all of their deeds all of their evil rather they will be rewarded by the judge for finishing the race fighting the fight and winning the prize that’s sort of basically boils down to these prophecy updates and the gospel of Jesus Christ that we share at the end of these prophecy updates and with it the ABCs of salvation is reaching to the uttermost parts of the earth and we continue on a weekly even daily basis now of receiving all of these praise reports from all of these people all over the world that they either let somebody to the Lord or they themselves had come to the Lord there’s not much time there’s not much time that time is a hand the hours late and the Lord’s return draws nigh what is the gospel I know I’ve shared some pretty disturbing things today and I think you would agree that this is the bad news and again I know this isn’t proper English but the batterer the bad news is the good or the good news will be what’s the good news the good news the good news is that Jesus Christ came he was crucified and on that cross He shed his blood for our sins and paid in full for all of our sins so that he could offer us the free gift freely he paid for it in full but he could offer us the free gift of eternal life and he defeated death and rose again on the third day and he’s coming back again one day that’s good news I’ll take that that’s really good news in fact let me take it a step further yes the batter the bad news is the good or the good news will be but how about this the good or the good news is and it’s good doesn’t make the bad news as bad as the bad news could be I hope that came out right let me get the point right the ABCs of salvation are basically a childlike simple way to explain how to be saved Jesus said unless you become like a little child you cannot enter the kingdom of heaven you know that the innocent trust that a child has it’s that child likeness not childish and please know that the ABCs are never intended to insult anybody’s intelligence quite the contrary actually many have taken them and used them because it’s equip them and even embolden them to share their faith with somebody that God puts into their path so if I’m preaching to the choir as the saying goes and maybe I am everyone here is saved and born again of the Spirit of God I don’t want to embarrass anybody then praise the Lord I’m still gonna do the ABCs of salvation and one of the reasons is because on a weekly basis we have up upwards of 100,000 views of this prophecy update on YouTube from all over the world and we have so many people that comment post their comments some of them will even take the time to email in and share their testimony and I’ll tell you I just I just weep I just sweep some of the these precious people and how God just met them and got them and saved them and they’re just so on fire for the Lord it inspires me it encourages me it convicts me to because there is nothing more exciting than somebody that is new in the Lord oh my goodness are so on fire for the Lord all they could talk about is Jesus remember I was when you first came to Christ just give you don’t look at your watches not that anybody did just would you just bear with me it is just a couple minutes here I may be this is for somebody here today or somebody on line remember how it was when you first came to Christ oh my goodness I mean Jesus is real Jesus is really really real really that and that was your theology and you just couldn’t wait to share Jesus with everyone I remember my roommates at the time oh I would come out of the room and I would have my Bible and Wow and then they kicked me out and I had to get another place but here’s the thing 15 years later one of those roommates came to Christ I never stopped praying for him God’s Word doesn’t return void and there’s power in the gospel and I guess Christians were sadly prone to be ashamed and bashful when it comes to the gospel I think pastors in particular they lose confidence in the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ to save any of this confidence in the Word of God – all under the banner of trying to be relevant you know with skinny jeans and you know espresso or whatever by the way I’m just I will never do that to you okay that would not be pretty I can assure you of that but you know try to be hit try to be cool keep the thing moving fast moving relevant hip good Oh can’t have any blood of Jesus in the worship songs know that that’s gonna be really gnarly and offensive for people what you can’t take that out because there’s power in the blood his blood was shed for the remission of our sins and you want to take that out I actually heard a fashion uh too late yeah this is your lot in life isn’t good so by the way you’re gonna have treasures in heaven I want you to know for this when you get there Lord’s gonna say to you Hall you went to Calvary Chapel Connie holy enter in hole you have major treasures had listened to those anyway as she listened to a pastor talk about how he didn’t use the word sin and it was so ah what’s the word I’m looking for it was so subtle but he I mean I don’t know how he did it I can’t do that I’m not that smart but he just ever so cleverly danced around anything that had any mention of the word sin so instead it’s words like shortcomings mistakes you know failures and I sat there and I thought okay so this is a Christian pastor that is supposedly teaching from the same Bible that I am but he doesn’t want to ruffle any feathers he doesn’t want to step on any toes he wants it to be amicable palatable here’s the problem the gospel is offensive the gospel is offensive the gospel is that I am a sinner that’s offensive and if you got that out of the gospel what do you got here’s the question I asked what Jesus are you bringing them to not the same Jesus that I preach it’s not the same gospel I preach Christ and him crucified the Apostle Paul said he cursed come upon me if I do not preach Christ and him crucified if I ever stop preaching the gospel a curse come upon me and we know why Paul loved people so much you know what he said of his own people the Jewish people he would rather be a cursed and damned to hell if it meant they would be saved that’s love and actually that’s the a and the ABCs acknowledge that you’re a sinner what I’m a good person okay really you might be a good person but you’ll never be good enough Romans says there is no one righteous not even one there are no good people Romans says all that we’re all pretty much includes all of us right all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God that is offensive isn’t it yes it is and it needs to be I would rather offend somebody into heaven than flatter somebody or entertain somebody into hell only telling them what their ears are itching to hear you’re good it’s all good Romans says for the wages of sin is death it’s a death penalty that’s the bad news we’ve all been sentenced to death because all have sinned but here’s the good news the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord that’s the a here’s the B the B is for believe in your heart that Jesus Christ is Lord and that God raised him from the dead this is what Romans and 10 says if you believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead you will will be say you say that’s too simple that’s too easy isn’t there something I need to do now he did it he did everything there’s nothing that you and I can do to get into heaven we can’t earn our way there the c is for call upon the name of the Lord this is what Romans and 10 also says if you confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead you will be saved for it is with your heart that you believe and are justified and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved and lastly and very simply Romans says all who call upon the name of the Lord will not might not could not should we’ll be saved that’s it that’s it yeah don’t I have to repent well that’s what acknowledging your sin and coming to the Savior is your turning from your sin and turning to the Lord and acknowledging that you’ve sinned and fallen short of God’s perfect standard of righteousness the word repent means change do a 180 that’s the change you you’ve changed your mind and now God can change your heart the Holy Spirit now and dwells you and empowers you and enables you to live a holy life you see the connection holy spirit holy life we can’t be holy as he is holy without the Holy Spirit indwelling us and empowering us that’s the only way and the only way to have the Holy Spirit indwells you is to acknowledge your sin believe in your heart and confess with your mouth and you’re saved you will be saved once you stand and we’ll pray and again I so very much appreciate your patience I know I went a little bit long and it wasn’t even communion sunday ho let’s pray father in heaven thank you tough stuff today but it is something that we did need to talk about especially with the understanding of your loving-kindness for us for all just your heart Lord you don’t take delight in judging the wick it’s not your will that any should perish Lord there might be somebody actually in this church in this service or watching online somewhere in the world and the things that we’ve talked about and that they have heard have really hit home and made sense and during that time there was this sound of a knock on the door of their heart I pray Lord that they would open up that door and let you in knowing that you’re not gonna force your way in you have to be invited in so lord I pray that they would invite you in into their lives for salvation for eternal life in Jesus name Amen.
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